WV BusinessLink

West Virginia BusinessLink is a supportive platform that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners to a network of local, regional, and statewide resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity.

About

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner looking for resources to start and grow your business? Think WV BusinessLink first!

West Virginia BusinessLink is a supportive platform that connects entrepreneurs and small business owners to a network of local, regional, and statewide resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity.

The founding partners of West Virginia BusinessLink include the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, West Virginia Department of Economic Development, and the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Lease Review
  • Tax Credits
  • Economic Forecast
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Watershed Planning

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business (Specialty)
  • Tax Services
  • Valuation
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Debt Funding Preparation
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Government Funding
  • Technology Grant Providers
  • Angel Investment Providers
  • Bonding
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Grant Funding Providers
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Loan Providers
  • Matching Fund Providers
  • Microloan Providers
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Revenue Based Financing (i.e. factoring)
  • Tax Credit Providers
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Venture Capital Providers

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Employee Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Industry
  • Insurance
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Policies and Templates
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Workforce Incentives
  • Workforce Training

Import and Export Assistance

  • Trade Education and Training
  • Certification and Licensing
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Business Degree Program
  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information
  • Contract Review
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Labor Relations
  • Lease Review
  • Patent Seminars

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data
  • Lifestyle and Psychographic Data

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • 3D Printing
  • Augmented / Virtual Reality and Holographics
  • CAD Design and Prototype
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Plastics Injection and Extrusion
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Science/Bioscience Seminars
  • Small Batch Manufacturing
  • Technology Transfer
  • Wet Lab Incubator

Marketing and Sales

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Award Recognition
  • Call Center Services
  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • International Trade
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Services
  • Technical Services
  • Accounting
  • Board Development
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Audits
  • Strategic Planning

Space

  • Commercial Kitchen Facilities
  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking
  • Lab Space
  • Lease Review Assistance
  • Makerspace / Hackerspace
  • Office Space
  • Retail Space
  • Site Location Assistance
  • Wet Lab

Operations and Logistics

  • Freight and Distribution
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Product Assembly and Packaging
  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Asian-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Patent Information
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Trademark and Copyright Information
  • Bonding
  • Certification
  • Codes
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Insurance Requirements
  • International Regulatory Compliance

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government and Military Specifications
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses
  • Subcontracting Opportunities

Starting a Business

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Classes
  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Home-Based Business Training

Tax Services

  • State and Federal Tax Training
  • State Tax Credit Information
  • Tax Credits
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • Tax Registration

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Coding Schools, Bootcamps, Classes
  • Design Services
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Technology Transfer
  • Website Development

Training

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Social Media
  • Startup Classes
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Hazardous Waste Generation Avoidance Training
  • Health and Safety Training
  • Health Care Training
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Trade Education and Training

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Co Working
  • Incubator
  • Maker Space

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events
  • Startup Drinks
Contact Information
Mark Burdette
Address
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
Building 3, Suite 600
Charleston, WV 25305